Finally…Fall Happiness for FMS#456

Last week when the new FMS456 challenge was posted I thought about creating a Christmas card, but ended up with a fall card design in my head. And I experienced several twists and abandoned card designs before I got to my final card below.

But before I talk about my challenge card, I’d like to tell you about the long, convoluted process to finishing my card. I’ve had a number of friends ask how do I come up with my card designs so easily – LOL. Well I’m not always successful on the first try, nor the 2nd or 3rd try. Some I just abandon since I can’t get the idea in my head onto paper and into a card that I like. This almost happened with today’s card.

I started out with a piece of the houndstooth DSP from Gilded Autumn. I love houndstooth patterns and thought it would work well with this challenge. I futzed with it for at least 20 minutes before I abandoned this design. It was too dark and depressing rather than a nice Thanksgiving card I had in my mind.

So I replaced the houndstooth DSP with a wood DSP to lighten it up. And a die cut band from the Flourish dies. Now it looked too blah and the card base stood out too much. Back to the drawing board, again.

Next I tried a Very Vanilla card base with the same layers as above. But the wood tone of the DSP seemed to clash with the card base and the tag. Hmmm…so I set my card aside and went on to make 2 birthday cards and an anniversary card that I needed to mail out today. In the process of make those cards (I’ll share them later this week) I had an epiphany and went back to my FMS456 challenge card idea.

I totally abandoned the idea of using DSP as the background and instead added a piece of Very Vanilla that was dry embossed with the Tasteful Textile folder. I keep the die cut my Flourish dies (from a piece of the Gilded Autumn DSP), but die cut a smaller piece of the pretty Gilded Autumn DSP (with Layering Squares dies) and topped it with Very Vanilla that was die cut with Stitched So Sweetly dies. My greeting from So Sentimental in Cajun Craze ink. Using the pumpkin from my September Paper Pumpkin kit, I stamped and colored it and fussy cut it out. Ah…finally the card that I envisioned in my head!

So, as I tell my friends, I don’t always get a card design to work, nor do they always look like I envisioned. I tell them to follow an idea and/or template, and if your first card doesn’t look right, keep futzing! Your “true” card is in there somewhere…just keep at it!

Here’s what I used to make my final card:


Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper – 153520

Price: $15.00


Very Vanilla 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock – 101650

Price: $9.75


So Sentimental Cling Stamp Set (En) – 151691

Price: $22.00


Cajun Craze Classic Stampin’ Pad – 126965

Price: $6.50


Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker – 119680

Price: $3.50


Cajun Craze Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack – 154879

Price: $9.00


Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack – 154890

Price: $9.00


Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder – 152718

Price: $9.00


Flourish Dies – 151769

Price: $29.00


Stitched So Sweetly Dies – 151690

Price: $32.00


Layering Squares Dies – 151772

Price: $35.00


Stampin’ Seal – 152813

Price: $8.00


Stampin’ Dimensionals – 104430

Price: $4.00 Add All to Cart

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Thanks for stopping by today! If you watch the weather at all last week, Houston dodged ANOTHER hurricane. But my heart and thoughts go out to Louisiana folks who weathered another hurricane, just 6 weeks from the last one. Boy this has been a strange hurricane season and I’m not sure we are done yet.

Janice B at JB Stamper

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Poinsettia Petals – a holiday card for beginner to avid crafters

We are having such wonderful cool weather for Texas that it makes me think of the upcoming holidays. These three cards made with the Poinsettia Petals stamp set make great holiday cards. When creating a holiday Christmas card, consider the time you have to make it, how many cards you need, and the supplies you have on hand or want to get. If you’re making multiples, choose the simpler design that you can easily reproduce. But if you’re looking for that one of a kind card for someone special, choose the in-between or more elaborate one. Or, you can always create all three, just for fun!

A simple, quick card for the beginner or when you need lots of cards
To begin creating this easy reproducible card, cut a 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Cinnamon Cider card stock and fold it in half. Stamp the sprig images on the card front in Cinnamon Cider ink. Stamp the flower in Real Red ink and the leaves in Shaded Spruce ink on Whisper White Cardstock. To create depth, stamp off the Two-Step Stamping flower and leaf dimensional images. TIP: for stamping multiple cards quickly, use your Stamparatus!

Once you have all your pieces stamp, head over to your die cutting machine to cut the stamped images with Poinsettia dies from the Poinsettia Place suite. Adhere the pieces to the card front. Stamp your sentiment in Cinnamon Cider ink on a Whisper White Cardstock label, adhere the label to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and you have a fabulously festive card in just minutes! Of course, you want to add some bling with either the Champagne or Red rhinestone basic jewels.

When you have more time and for the Avid crafter
If you like to color, then this is your card version! Stamp your poinsettia and greenery leaves, but this time brighten them by coloring with Cinnamon Cider, Poppy Parade, Real Red, and Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Blends. Die cut them like above. Step up this second card by adhering a piece of the Poinsettia Place DSP cut at an angle to the front. Stamp several of the berry clusters below the DSP. Add a piece of Vanilla open-weave ribbon from the Forever Greenery trim combo pack. Fold the ribbon in half lengthwise before cutting the notches on each end. Add a sprig cut from Copper Foil Sheets using the Poinsettia Dies. Arrange your die cut poinsettia and leaves on the top. Stamp your greeting tag just as you did with the first card and adhere to the front.

If you need a special card and for the over-the-top Avid crafter
This fancier version adds more details with additional flowers, leaves and gold foil sprig layers. Take your artistry to an entirely new level by creating more light and dark contrast and expanding the color palette with Mint Macaron and Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends to color the flower and leaves. Before adding the piece of DSP on the top of this card, dry emboss the front with the  Tasteful Textile 3D folder. After you emboss it, lightly sponge the ridges with either white or Crumbcake ink. Or use another piece of the Poinsettia DSP on the bottom – the pinecone design would work nicely. Stamp and then cut the greeting label using the Tasteful Labels Dies. Be sure to add your bling in the middle of the poinsettia with either the Champagne rhinestone basic jewels or one of the Beaded Petals in this suite! Gorgeous!

Here are the supplies you’ll need to make these cards:

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope I’ve inspired you to create at least one of these cards for your holiday cards.

Janice B at JB Stamper

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Stampin’ Up! annual DSP sale all month

One thing I love about Stampin’ Up! (there are many!) is the gorgeous Designer Series Paper. I love how much they add to my cards and projects. And during October’s incredible DSP sale, you too can enjoy a 15% discount on select papers from our current catalogs! So what are you waiting for…at stock up and save on some of our most popular paper designs!

Remember the Christmas and holidays are coming fast and we have some great DSP for your holiday cards! Need inspiration for which ones to get? How about these ideas?

Here’s an up-close look at the Heartwarming Hugs DSP with it’s traditional red & green colors? It’s one of my favorites!

And a few ideas using it to make cards, tags and even wrap boxes. Don’t these look festive for your holiday projects?

Another traditional red & green DSP is the ‘Tis the Season DSP:

Want a little more variety for your holiday DSP? Try the Perfectly Plaid DSP with a range of colors for a variety of seasons!

Add the Celebration Labels dies to create these great ideas.

Thanks for stopping by today. Take a few minutes to look at the list of DSP that are 15% off this month! And happy stamping on all your projects!

Janice B at JB Stamper










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Enjoy the little things in life…like cool weather!

Yes, it’s been glorious here in Houston with incredibly cool temperatures (for us, that is)! Today I’m back to another fall cards before I start on my Christmas cards. The card was part of a zoom stamp meeting challenge on the “Stamping Family” group I belong to. Confession on my part, I had to watch the taped version because I forgot the time! Megan’s design was simple, but so much fun. Of course, being an overachiever (as many of you know) and I added more layers and bling to my card.

The one thing I liked about Megan’s card was the stamped “sprinkles.” I don’t usually do that but did on this card. I love the way it looks. Now, I have to tell you when I first stamped them, I stamped them in the wrong place so the center piece covered them – LOL. So I had to stamp more above and below the others. At least I didn’t have to start over! Rather than stamp an image for each square, I die cut the leaves with my Gathered Leaves dies. They cut and emboss the design all in one pass!  I knew I wanted to use this greeting from Friend Like You stamp set. But…when I opened my stamp case, that stamp was missing. This led me on a several hours search for that stamp. In the process of looking, I found an errant tiny die which sent me in a whole other pursuit to find where it went. Several hours later, with help from one of my FB groups, the die was returned to my Stitched Stars dies. Meanwhile I accidentally stumbled onto my missing stamp! Oh the perils of stamping so many cards without cleaning up after each one! Do you clean up after each card, or you like me and have things all over the place from multiple cards? I keep saying I’m going to clean up…but never seem to do it. Too many ideas funning through my mind!

Here’s the supplies I used for this card:

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are enjoying your fall weather wherever you are today. Be sure to let me know what kind of stamper you are – clean up and put everything up after each card, or chaos in your craft room with things all over, like me! Happy stamping!

Janice B at JB Stamper

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